Economic Impact Study

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The City of Edmonds is conducting a study of the impact of arts and culture in Edmonds. In addition to collecting information on economic data from organizations, the City invites both residents and visitors to participate.  

How Can I Participate?

·         While the anonymous survey is now over, you can still help the City tell a well-rounded story about the role arts and culture play in Edmonds by participating in the Story Collector by clicking here. Do you have a story to tell, an anecdote or observation about the role arts and culture play in your family or in the Edmonds community? Click here to provide your comments and insights. 

Why Conduct a Study?

Edmonds often refers to itself as an “arts community”, but what kind of economic impact does the arts and culture sector have in Edmonds? Home to over 20 nonprofit cultural organizations plus arts and culture retail businesses, Edmonds has a long history of attracting visitors for arts. The Edmonds Arts Festival has been a draw for 60 years, the Edmonds Center for the Arts opened 10 years ago and brings about 90,000 people through its doors a year, while the new Cascadia Art Museum attracted about 10,000 visitors in its first year.

The Community Cultural Plan, first created in 1994 and facilitated by the Edmonds Arts Commission under the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Department, focused on strengthening and promoting the arts in the 2014 update. The current study implements a key strategy in the 2014 Cultural Plan to conduct economic assessments of cultural tourism and the impact of arts and culture in the community. You may review the Plan here

What Will the Study Cover?

The City engaged BERK Consulting and AdvisArts to conduct the study of economic impact, gathering information from organizations in arts and culture and surveying participants in the arts.  The goals of the study include:

·         A profile of Edmonds’ arts and culture audiences, consumers, and donors, that focuses on spending habits, interests, and geographic origins.

·         An understanding of the economic impacts of attendance at and/or participation in events and activities related to arts and culture in Edmonds, including aggregated economic impact data for direct impact and secondary economic impact.

·         An expanded inventory of Edmonds’ not-for-profit, private and governmental arts and culture entities.

·         Recommendations for specific strategies to sustain and/or enhance the future environment for arts and culture in Edmonds and associated cultural tourism.

A written report, with executive summary and presentation will be shared with public, private and nonprofit leadership.

Who’s Involved?

The consultant work is being conducted under the direction of City of Edmonds staff, Arts & Culture Manager Frances Chapin and Economic Development/Community Services Director Patrick Doherty, and an Advisory Group of 13 community members formed to provide guidance and insight. Click here to see listing.

To become further involved or for more information, please feel free to contact Patrick Doherty at 425-771-0251 or via email at or Frances Chapin at 425-771-0228 or via email at  

Timeline and Milestones

·         Stakeholder interviews (22) conducted in May 2017

·         Surveys of event-goers and organizations through early Fall 2017

·         Input from survey and story collector via website through Fall 2017

·         Presentation of findings/recommendations to City Council in late 2017/early 2018